BJP national executive meet Highlights: Party going through a void after Vajpayee’s death, says Sitharaman
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BJP national executive meet Highlights: Party going through a void after Vajpayee’s death, says Sitharaman

BJP’s highest decision-making body met for the first time since Vajpayee’s death. Below are the updates :

By HT Correspondent | Sep 09, 2018 15:33 IST

A two-day meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive began on Saturday.

BJP president Amit Shah termed opposition “Mahagatbandhan” (grand alliance) a “facade”, and an “eyewash” which comprised parties that the BJP had defeated one after the other since the 2014 general elections, as per Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

This was the first meeting of the party’s highest decision-making body since the death of former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee on August 16.

The national executive meeting was preceded by a separate closed-door deliberation of BJP’s national office bearers and state presidents on Saturday morning.

Here are the updates:

6:29 pm IST

2019 polls will be fought on the basis of PM Modi’s achievements: BJP

Amit Shah said in his speech that 2019 polls will be fought on the basis of PM Modi’s achievements and the strength of our organisation: Nirmala Sitharaman.

BJP chief said that in 2019 elections,we’ll easily win the 19 states where it’s our govt and we’re in 2nd place in states like Bengal, Odisha and Telangana. Anti-incumbency always benefits those who are in 2nd place.He said we’ll perform well in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu too:N Sitharaman

6:24 pm IST

Triple talaq bill stuck due to Congress in RS: Amit Shah

Because of Congress’ ‘hypocritical’ attitude, triple talaq bill is stuck in Rajya Sabha, said Nirmala Sitharaman quoting BJP president Amit Shah.

6:19 pm IST

BJP is carrying out ‘Making India’ campaign: Amit Shah

Nirmala Sitharaman says BJP is carrying out ‘Making India’ campaign and alleges that Congress is involved in ‘breaking India’.

6:10 pm IST

Mahagathabandan is not something that will make a difference: Amit Shah

Sitharaman, quoting Amit Shah, at a press conference says Mahagathabandan (opposition alliance) won’t make any difference.

6:09 pm IST

Opposition in denial mode: Amit Shah

Nirmala Sitharaman, quoting Amit Shah, says opposition in denial mode, opposition showing frustration in Parliament.

“Two conditions to bring No-confidence motion against ruling party are - if govt has lost its majority or if party has become a matter of worry for public. No such conditions were there, still opposition came up with the motion,” says Sitharaman.

6:04 pm IST

BJP going through a void: Sitharaman

Sitharaman says BJP going through a void after Vajpayee’s death.

6:01 pm IST

First meeting after Vajpayee’s death: Amit Shah

Nirmala Sitharaman, quoting Amit Shah, says it is the first executive meeting after Vajpayee’s death.

4:50 pm IST

BJP leaders light lamps

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani and finance minister Arun Jaitley light lamps before Syama Prasad Mukherjee and Deendayal Upadhyay ahead of BJP National Executive meeting at Ambedkar International Centre.

4:40 pm IST

Top BJP leaders at the meeting

4:25 pm IST

PM Modi, Amit Shah arrive for the meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah arrive at Ambedkar International Centre for BJP National Executive meeting.

4:08 pm IST

Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Sushma Swaraj arrive

4:00 pm IST

BJP leaders arrive for meeting

Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, home minister Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley arrive at Ambedkar International Centre for BJP National Executive meeting.

3:45 pm IST

Meeting to begin Saturday afternoon

The national executive meeting will be inaugurated jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah.

The two-day meeting will be attended by its key leaders from all states and Union territories besides its national leadership.